Personal website: pritviksinhadc.com
Astrophysics: Inflationary cosmology; planetary science, including atmospheric physics of exoplanets; how dark matter can be detected
Astrobiology: Bayesian approaches to biosignature detection in the search for alien life on exoplanets, given a set of data, and taking into account biotic and abiotic factors; representing planetary atmospheres as assembly spaces or networks, including utilizing Network and Assembly Theory models to predict mass extinctions
Quantum Field Theory: Studying quantum computing and how to improve quantum encryption and better achieve quantum supremacy
String Theory: Reducing the Calabi Yau Manifold variations and working out testable experiments in String Theory
Nuclear Science: The physics behind particle accelerators, Gas Electron Multiplier detectors, including the new muon system in Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider
Education: Currently, a high school student of Dubai College studying further mathematics, mathematics, physics and biology, I recently completed the highly prestigious and super-selective International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP) program under the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics this summer, and also took one of Harvard University’s college credit courses titled, ‘Planets, Moons and Their Stars: The Search for Life in the Cosmos’ as part of Harvard’s Secondary School Program. As a World Science Scholar, I also completed several advanced courses in mathematics, theoretical and particle physics, quantum mechanics, string theory, astrophysics, astrobiology, cosmology, computational thinking, neuroscience, climate change, etc. A Rise: Global Youth Talent Finalist working on Climate Change as my ‘Big Idea’, with a project titled, ‘Network and Assembly Theory models of mass extinctions’, I am also Research Intern at CERN, working on Gas Electron Multiplier detectors, a new muon system in Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider, to develop a new data acquisition system for one of the detector’s quality controls.
Current research: My overarching research goal is to find the probability of life existing on an arbitrary exoplanet, given a set of detectable imprints or biosignatures on that planet, such as oxygen, water vapor, sulfur dioxide, etc, and taking into account the possibility of false positives. My research at the BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science focuses on attempting to constrain and solve several terms required in the Bayes Theorem for finding the probability of life given the appropriate data, including the probability of observing interesting data, the prior probability of life in the universe, and that of false positives. This research, which I am currently wrapping up, examines the efficacy of the current biosignatures we look for by breaking down their results in a Bayesian approach. Each term has been analyzed and calculated, and every process that is responsible for these terms and has an effect on them, has been studied. For instance, if oxygen has been taken as a biosignature, we estimated the probability that the oxygen concentration on an arbitrary exoplanet was due to life being present on that planet and not some other false positive. This process has been repeated for other biosignatures. The final aim of this project has been to find out the reliability of each biosignature, and how much scientists need to worry about false positives in each case for an exoplanet.
I am also doing a project on Network and Assembly Theory models to combat anthropogenic climate change by studying past mass extinctions. The project focuses on why we must not just look to infer trends we see from past mass extinctions, but also take a quantitative approach by using statistical techniques such as Network and Assembly Theories to get concrete formalisms from fossil records and planetary atmosphere to decode the causes and effects of atmospheric, geologic or extrasolar phenomenon that affected our planet so as to to more accurately pinpoint stressors that can aggravate these issues in today’s world and offer targeted solutions to stop current extinctions in our biodiversity. This research is still ongoing and will require more time.
I have also been involved in a collaborative research project to co-author NASA’s ‘Astrobiology Primer 3.0’ (https://www.astrobiologyprimer.org/), especially Chapter 9, titled, ‘Life as we don’t know it’, which has already been submitted for publication in the ‘Astrobiology’ journal.
Personal: If my love for scientific research is what takes my breath away, teaching and writing on the wonders of STEM and the prehistoric world helps me breathe. I have been teaching and mentoring since the age of five, and wrote my first book at the age of seven, thereby becoming the world’s youngest author in paleontology. Since then, I have written a couple of more books on prehistoric life, impact of nuclear waste, safe disposal of radioactive spent fuel, etc. In order to take my passion in theoretical physics, astrophysics and paleontology to the next level, I have launched, headed, and grown the Dubai College Paleontology Society, STEM Talks Society, Astrophysics Society, Robotics Society and the STEM Council over the years, and have also been a senior leader of the Mathematics Society, Science Council, and the Mathematics Puzzle Committee. A World Science Scholar at 13 — the first from the Middle East and Africa region, an official Student Mentor for the Dubai STEM Olympiad since 2019, and a TEDx speaker at 14, I have been felicitated for my academic endeavors many times, including, a ‘Future Stars’ award conferred in collaboration with the UAE Government and the Arabian Business Achievement Awards-ITP Group, ‘Incredible Talent’ by the Sharjah Book Authority, ‘Young Science Ambassador’ by the British Science Association, ‘Student Ambassador’ by the United World Schools, ‘Crystal Trophy’ award by the Emirates Environmental Group, etc.
Beyond research, my passion for a cause intensely close to my heart was acknowledged when the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai declared me as the ‘UAE Ambassador for organ donation’. A renal failure patient since birth and having undergone a kidney transplant, I have been working towards encouraging every single human being to opt for organ donation, especially postmortem deceased donors. Instead of saying goodbye to our loved ones, we can cherish them forever by donating their organs to those who won’t otherwise survive. Yes, each one of us can save eight lives — and if we educate ourselves on this cause, there would be no deaths from organ failures for patients waiting on unending donor waitlists.
Also, an avid animal lover, last year, I launched PAWS (People Animal Welfare Services) for Therapy — a culmination of my five-year-long rendezvous of tackling intense pain since 2015, when I had my very first tumor operation. Today, I train my five furry friends to provide free-of-cost healing therapy to the determined, the differently-abled, those battling critical health issues, including cancer patients and the terminally ill. My PAWS-trained therapy dogs offer hope, reduce pain and frustrations, and spread happiness amongst those who need a healing paw. Starting with one member, the organization today boasts of over 60+ dedicated volunteers.
I do have some ‘very happy’ ‘non-cause’ hobbies — I love writing, debating, reading, designing and programming.